When Missouri Bank approached Helix to design its branch facility in the center of Kansas City’s Crossroads Arts District, the primary objective was to be the “Bank” of Kansas City. Instead of focusing on the traditional functions and processes of a bank, they wanted to provide a community gathering place for the unique entrepreneurial clientele that works and lives in the surrounding area; an environment more like a sidewalk cafe or a farmers market than a branch bank.
Typical banking elements were combined, rethought or eliminated as banking services were secondary to their vision of a banking destination. ”We represent a community of people and ideas. Our customers are more important than our brand or our banking functions.”
MO bank had purchased an abandoned automotive garage that was originally built in the 1920’s, and it was important to them that this simple building be retained and transformed. The front of the building was opened up with large expanses of glass, welcoming the community into the bank. Billboards that had dominated the site for many years now serve as art boards, showing the work of local artists. Many of the craftsmen and artisans are all local to the community and many are customers of the bank.
The building is anticipated to receive a LID Silver rating from the US Green Building Council, and features a number of unique green features. The glass walls of the building are set in frames made of cypress wood that was reclaimed from old vinegar vats. The wood for the floors was reclaimed from area barns, replacement roof joists came from demolished area buildings, and a large sliding door within the building was reclaimed from an area post office. The building has a green roof, low flow plumbing fixtures, efficient lighting and lighting controls, as well as an efficient mechanical system and energy management controls.
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